Olympic Fever – Framing Style!

Did you go to the Olympics and find something wonderful?

 If not, did you get to watch any of the events and root on your country? If you did and you have an item or memory that is special to you, why not frame it?

 Did you buy a flag in London? Did you snap any special photographs or come across any great pictures of the Olympic ceremonies? How about a special shirt or some commemorative Olympic memorabilia?

The 2012 Olympic Experience in London!

The 2012 Olympic Experience in London!

Whatever your treasure may be let us help you keep it attractive forever.

London 2012 Olympic Union Badge

London 2012 Olympic Union Badge

Remember your visit with a t-shirt or bring one home for a friend!

Remember your visit with a t-shirt or bring one home for a friend!

 The Olympics is a great example of a special memory, and framing those pictures, jerseys, hats, balls and other tokens is a great way to honor those memories.

 Perhaps you made some new memories this summer on a tropical vacation, family reunion or a best friend’s wedding. Maybe you found some beautiful seashells or held onto some tickets stubs to a baseball game.

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Take a look at the prep work involved in framing a sports jacket!

Take a look at the prep work involved in framing a sports jacket!

No matter what kind of memory you may want to save, Broadway Galleries wants to help you preserve them. Within our framing store we offer quality supplies and help you design the perfect way to preserve those special times in your life. We enjoy being able to help our customers design vignettes for their photos and can even help you pick just the right place in your home that will allow you to hold on to these fun memories in a unique and personal way.

Bowling Shirt Shadow Box by Broadway Galleries

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Johnson Jersey framed compliments of Broadway Galleries

Johnson Jersey framed compliments of Broadway Galleries

When you have a great memory, you don’t want to keep those photos or special keepsakes packed away in a box… you should showcase them!  Great jerseys, balls, hats and photos are meant to make you relive a memory or make you have a strong feeling. That feeling could be warm, cold, give you goose bumps, or reminisce about a special moment in time.

Let us help you frame your sports memorabilia and treasures to make them last forever!

Broadway Galleries

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Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!

Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!  

Who is your team? Most folks have at least one team or one type of sport that they thoroughly enjoy, whether that means playing it or sitting back in the bleachers and watching the game. My personal favorites are: watching football (live or on TV), watching baseball live and oh one more, I also enjoy watching ice hockey live.

Look at the personal sports bar below decorated by Broadway Galleries.

These framed jerseys look professional and classic!

These framed jerseys look professional and classic!

More sports memorabilia!

More sports memorabilia!

This place is starting to look like a fun place!

This place is starting to look like a fun place!

A wall of Sports Ilustrated looks fun.

A wall of Sports Illustrated looks fun.

After following a team for several years you are bound to collect some sports memorabilia! Storing and displaying your collectible photographs and jerseys is as important to their preservation as it is to the attractiveness of their display.  Collectible photographs that are not properly protected can yellow or discolor, collect dust, scratch and even mold. 

Magazines framed can reference a certain point in time.

Magazines framed can reference a certain point in time.

Damage to your collectibles can hugely affect its value, and severe damage could cause your item to become worthless.  You’ve invested money and time in building your collection, so don’t you think it’s worthwhile to ensure that it’s properly protected?   

So many stores advertise products for matting and framing your photos and art pieces.  Sure, this works for family photos and non-collectible artwork, but you don’t want to attempt to try to frame your valuable collectibles.  Improper framing can be worse than no framing at all.  Because photographs are made from paper, improper mounting and framing can result in stains, spotting, folding or bending. 

How about preserving peices from the NYC Marathon?

How about preserving pieces from the NYC Marathon?

Autographed photos need to be carefully and gently handled because it can be so easily damaged.  A simple rip or fingerprint can quickly decrease the value of an otherwise quality piece.  Special mounting and framing materials need to be used in order to preserve both the autograph and the image. 

Amateur or inexperienced framers might use elements such as glue, spray adhesive or tape to affix or mount the picture.  These items if used can eventually stain the paper and will make it impossible to re-matt or make changes to your framing in the future.   

Giants Super Bowel Signed Ticket!

Giants Super Bowel Signed Ticket!

As with poor mounting and matting paper issues, choosing the right frame for your collectible is also of ultimate importance.  Frames that require you to “slide the photo” in place cannot be used with autographed photos as there is a chance that the photo might be scratched, ripped or damaged while sliding it into place.

 Quality archival frames give the framer full access to both the glass and backing making it much easier and safer to place the photo.  In choosing an archival appropriate frame, one will need to choose an acrylic or glass that protects against ultra-violet rays while allowing for full viewing. 

Shot of the VT Stadium

Shot of the VT Stadium

Many of the same issues that apply to framing a photograph also apply when it comes to framing jerseys.  However, there are some unique problems and concerns to be considered in jersey framing. 

Let's go Giants, Let's go!

Let’s go Giants, Let’s go!

All things considered, it is imperative that you hire the right framer for all of your collectibles. This should be a professional who has experience working with collectibles and preservation (archival) framing.  Further, the framer should be knowledgeable of, and have worked with autographs as well as photography (or collectible jerseys where applicable). 

Capitals gear for the DC fans!

Capitals gear for the DC fans!

If you are someone who not only loves to watch sports and follow a team but have a history of playing from grade school through high school or even played college-level sports that would be a great piece to capture. If your children play any sports and share the passion you do it would be a fun idea to frame their soccer jersey or create a shadow box of ballet slippers.

Or framing the cheerleading memories?

Save the Poms Poms and preserve memories!

Save the Poms Poms and preserve memories!

Reggie Jackson Autographed Bat

Reggie Jackson Autographed Bat

Personally I was never a talented athlete in my youth, but I would think it would make for a great memory if in my family room my parents had a framed photo of when my softball team won our last game along with the gold medal I received!

Little League Winners

Little League Winners

Professional athletes may frame their role model’s famous gear or maybe your talents have been shared with your kids and you want to preserve that memory?

How about this talent karate champ?!

How about this talent karate champ?!

I think I need to build my own personal sports bar just to get the chance to hang up some Giants and Yankees gear!

1961 Yankees Infield Signed

1961 Yankees Infield Signed

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Get to Know the Artist and Framer – Jupey Gale – part 1

Please meet Jupey Gale, Production Manager at Broadway Galleries.

She has been with Broadway Galleries since 2007 when she moved across country from Las Vegas, NV. Originally from North Carolina Jupey grew up in Cincinnati, OH and has been in love with art since as long as she can remember.

Jupey’s role at Broadway Galleries entails a variety of roles, such as taking all the incoming framing orders, ensuring all the materials and work are completed in a timely fashion, managing vendors, handling interactions with customers, designing frames, doing installations, and completing in-home consultations. Jupey also spends time assisting Broadway Galleries owner Barry Broadway with the company’s website and social media needs.

Choosing the right frame makes all the difference.

Choosing the right frame makes all the difference.

Jupey says, “I love my job, interacting with the customers, and have a diverse amount of work to do. I like to stay busy and do the design work on framing.” She came to Broadway Galleries with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Pratt Pratt Institute and graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Broadway Galleries’ family goal is “to maintain the highest standards in the framing industry by having the best design and productions staff available and to be art educators as well as art providers.” Jupey said that Broadway Galleries’ customers range from retail customers, designers, and corporate collections. She mentioned that her company does things that most galleries won’t do such as specialized framing and servicing the trade.

Simple and beautiful.

Simple and beautiful.

Broadway Galleries has a turnaround time of between two and two and a half weeks but they can also accommodate rushes.

One of Jupey’s favorite things about working at Broadway Galleries is that she gets to be around art all day long. She loves it and feels really privileged to be around such beautiful works of art. Jupey enjoys being able to help people display their artwork to its fullest extent. “You can make or break a piece of art by framing; and I have fun helping people with a vision. She continues “Broadway Gallery assists customers to decide what is the best, aesthetically and conservation-wise, for framing. We educate people on the materials we use and we ask people things like ‘is it going to damage your art?’ ‘Is it going to last?’ ‘Place x is cheaper but are you really comparing apples to apples?’ The whole process is informative and beneficial to them.”

The art is the center of attention here.

The art is the center of attention here.

Jupey said her main challenge in framing work is when “customers may come in with a preconceived notion of what they want; and what they want, 99 times out of 100, isn’t what is aesthetically best for the piece.” This is a fine line, and very subjective, but often what customers are picturing in their head is not really how it’s actually going to look.  The challenge is to show them what they want and, at the same time, provide other, more-appropriate, options delicately, showing the difference in what is more visually appealing.

Jupey concludes by saying, “we service those who have neat, atypical pieces, and we have a great reputation for all types of framing.” Jupey’s passion for art and for the work she does at Broadway Galleries is a testament to the artistic expertise that we pride ourselves on.

What are your opinions on framing?

Broadway Galleries

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THE MATCHBOX CHALLENGE – Shadowbox style

According to Mr. Webster the word “challenge” is defined as:

a : to confront or defy boldly : dare <he challenged his critics to prove his guilt>

b : to call out to duel or combat

c : to invite into competition <he challenged his brother to a tennis match>

We call this project, “The Matchbox Challenge” and are wondering if you think it was appropriately named.  Here is the story:

A long time customer of ours game into the gallery with a questionable look on face.  She cried out that she had cheated on us.  A company “that will not be named” sent her a nice 50% off coupon and she decided to give them a shot on a shadow box project.

When her son was a young boy he had two race cars he carried around with him everywhere he went – in the car, in the store… everywhere.  This young man was all grown up and about to get married so his Mom decided to give him a very special wedding gift – a shadow box display of his toy cars.

The company “that will not be named” gave it a shot:

The Frame that was Produced by Someone else - Let the Challenge Begin!

The Challenge – To make our design better than this one

Here is a close up:

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Hmm… something seems off here.

Not to brag but anyone who works in our company is either a professional framer or has a degree in fine art – we have some ridiculously talented people here.

We decided to forgive the cheating and take on this: MATCHBOX CHALLENGE

To start we came up with ideas… brainstorming how we could really make these cars seem like they were right in place.  We decided it would be best to make a scene for each car.  Here is what we came up with for the Dukes of Hazzard:

The Dukes of Hazzard car shadowbox

We were able to find a police car that fit in perfectly!

A close up

The cliff and stones were handmade and really made us work on our paint techniques.

The Knight Rider needed a different, darker look.  We thought a city scene would be perfect for it.

The Knight Rider Shadowbox

The Knight Rider Shadowbox

We were able even add in a working street lamp:

Working Street Lights are not too hard to place into Shadow Boxes

A special thanks to our wonderful customer for giving us the opportunity to create these pieces.  We had a lot of fun and are thankful we get to do what we love.

Art never comes without a mess.  Here is our matchbox carnage:

The Matchbox Challenge Carnage (as we like to call it)

Happy Thursday!

Broadway Galleries

Capturing Memories with Unique Shadow Boxes

Everyday we hustle from one place to another getting along with our busy lives.  For me, time seems to be continually speeding up.  There are certain memories worth taking a moment to slow down and remember, to catch you off guard and take you back in time.  It might be a home run baseball you caught as a kid buried in the back of your closet, or the handmade christening outfit you will never fit into again.

Special moments that make you smile should be displayed in a way you and your family can appreciate them for years to come.  Not to mention they are absolutely awesome.  Objects that pull on our heart strings of happiness, excitement, pride, and love never go out of style.  Shadow boxes have the ability to achieve a lot.

To inspire you I have pulled some pictures together of creative shadow boxes we have done for our customers:

The Marines Hymn

The Marines Hymn

Special Seashell Memories also make a Great Piece of Art

Special Seashell Memories also make a Great Piece of Art

Articles, pictures and CDs from a Talented Local Artist

Articles, pictures and CDs from a Talented Local Artist

A Priceless Memory - The California Raisins Singing "I Heard it through the Grapevine"

A Priceless Memory – The California Raisins Singing “I Heard it through the Grapevine”

A great collection of Arrowheads and Axes sewn into the shadow box with twine and rope

A great collection of Arrowheads and Axes sewn into the shadow box with twine and rope

Framers Note: Whenever you have a shadow box designed make sure you ask your framer how they are going to attach your memories in the box.  Most strong adhesives will corrode and ruin special objects over time.  Rope and Twine were the perfect way to maintain the quality of these arrowheads for years to come.

A family kilt captured in time with a picture of the family

A family kilt captured in time with a picture of the family

What memories do you want to capture?

Broadway Galleries

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